‘Global Literature in Libraries’ initiative

At the Public Library Association Judith Sage and Chrissy Bellizzi introduce the new Global Literature in Libraries Initiative.

It has:

the goal of increasing awareness of international literature within the library community, with a special emphasis on contemporary fiction

So if you’ve enjoyed my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction then this is definitely something to keep an eye on.

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Man Booker Prize longlist

They’ve announced the 13-title-strong longlist for this year’s  Man Booker Prize, selected from 155 (unrevealed) submissions.

This is the major (now-)international prize for an English-language novel (published in the UK), and the longlist is a mix of very big names (including Nobel laureate Coetzee) and some less well-known ones. Very little from outside the dominant US-UK axis, however …..